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Tesla left out of Texas’ new electric vehicle rebate program

Texas will start offering $2,500 rebates for electric or compressed natural gas vehicles, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Except, of course, if you’re buying a Tesla.

Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA), based in Palo Alto, Calif., makes high performance, 100-percent electric cars. Because the cars are sold directly from the manufacturer, rather than from a franchise dealership, they don’t qualify for the Texas incentive.

It’s the latest blow in the Texas versus Tesla war that’s been brewing ever since the car-maker charged onto the scene with its two-seat roadster in 2008.

Dealerships lobbied hard during the legislative session to prevent Tesla-friendly laws from passing and were successful. The state’s franchise laws limit what Tesla salespeople and technicians can do in the state, leaving it up to Tesla owners themselves to offer test drives and spread the word about the car.


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